TN is for citizens of Canada and Mexico who seek to work in the United States as NAFTA professionals. The work in the United States has to be prearranged business activities for U.S. or foreign employers. The profession must be on the NAFTA list, and the applicant has to meet the specific requirements, education, and/or experience of the profession. Permanent residents of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for TN status. TN status can be granted for 3 years at a time.
Canadian citizens can apply for TN nonimmigrant status at a U.S. port-of-entry. Canadian citizens do not need a TN visa, though a TN visa can also be issued upon request. Mexican citizens, on the other hand, are required to apply for TN visa before requesting an admission into the United States
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